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    Default Tubular K-Member/ Coil-Over Kit

    Does anybody know if this will bolt up to my '88 H.O. Swapped T-Bird?
    I have found more and more differences between this Bird and my Fox Mustang.
    http://www.sinistermustang.com/upr-2005-79sk-100.html
    If not, does anybody know about a coilover kit, or something similar that would work on my car?

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    Should work. The only big difference between a 79-93 Mustang K-member and an 86-88 Thunderbird/Cougar K-member is the engine mounts. A Mustang K-member is a bolt in swap.
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    You may have to put a 3/8"-1/2" spacer between the upper mount and the body to keep the k member parallel with the rails. I have a stock 2003 mustang k member in my 85 tbird and it took 3/8". Other sources claim 1/2".

    This is part of a message from Jack Hidley at Maximum motor sports to me regarding my project.

    To install a Mustang k-member in a T-bird you will need to install spacers between the upper frame rail and the k-member. These are available in the kit linked below:
    http://www.maximummotorsports.com/K-...ick-P1268.aspx

    The kit includes spacers for both the upper and lower mounts, for installing the mustang k member in a tbird or cougar you would not use the lower spacers.

    I made my own from some 3/8 steel plate. - Joe

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    Almost a bolt in. You need a spacer close to 3/8" thick on both sides for the 4 top/front bolts, then you'll need to elongate the 2 rear holes on each side forward close to an 1/2". Then you'll need to trim the tabs where those rear holes are enough for the k member to sit flat.




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    This is just a guess, but you may not have to elongate the 2 rear holes on the lower mounts or trim the tabs if the k member is meant for a 79-93. The 94-04 k member 1badbird and I used this was needed.

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    Awesome. Sweet. Now I just need the funds. lol

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    So wait. Does that mean that I need the 94-04 or modify the 79-93? Is the control arm length a factor? Im a little confused.

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    why are these k member motor mount plantforms at a 45deg angle?

    does these Kmembers require you to use truck mounts instead?>

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    You will need the A-Arms for the SN95
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity View Post
    why are these k member motor mount plantforms at a 45deg angle?

    does these Kmembers require you to use truck mounts instead?>
    Mustangs use a 45* motor mount with a stud that drops into the slot on the k-member.

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